San Joaquin Net News:​​

2/12/18 - BOB K6GDI -Bill, WB6FEH called Good Samaritan Hospital. Hospital visitor policy is family only for patients in their ICU.

2/10/18 - Update on Bob, K6GDI -  Bob is still in Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, with serious congestive heard failure.  He has been moved to ICU and is on a breathing mask and O2 for helping his breathing and fluid on his lungs still.  They gave him a temporary pacemaker today and a stint in one of his coronary arteries.  Bob may be moved back to a standard room in the next few days if he stabilizes and after they implant a permanent pacemaker.  Bottom line, Bob has a long way to go before he gets out.   ~Bob K6RMW ~


2/8/19 - BOB, K6GDI HOSPITALIZED  - Bob, K6RMW, has been hoping to relay information on K6GDI's condition during net operation, but poor propagation has prevented that from happening. K6RMW reports the following:
"I went to visit Bob today (2/7/19) in Good Sam Hospital.  He looks worn out and is having issues knowing, or remembering why he is there.  
Bob is suffering from complications due to congestive heart failure.  He has been suffering from a cough for some time that has turned out to be the result of fluid on the lungs, a result of the heart condition.  His heart rate has come up some but he is still in need of a pacemaker. The doctors are waiting for his condition to stabilize before they consider installing the pacemaker to help the low heart rate.  Once Bob is released, which looks to be another week, he is most likely going to go live with his Son and Daughter-in-law and their family in Hollister.  It will be some time after that before there’s a chance to get a radio set up for him there."
Bob, K6RMW, will continue letting us know how he is progressing.

2/8/19 - It's good to hear Steve, WA6MIZ back on the air when conditions allow from Idaho. Looking forward to getting an update with pictures of how the QTH is progressing.

9/20/18 - Steve, WA6MIZ  has been a member of the SJV Net for some time, but went off the air for awhile because of a major move. Steve has made some great progress on his new shack in Boise, Idaho, and shares his story and some great pictures in a special article found under the "Member News" tab of this web page. Scroll on past all of the "Featured Stations" to read all about Steve's adventures in Idaho.

9/6/18  - WA6MIZ, continues his special contribution of a "San Joaquin Net Featured Station" with a FIFTH installment. Steve was instrumental in developing this feature and as promised has been providing us with regular updates.   In this article, Steve shares information about Walt Schivo, KB6BKN, that will amaze you.


8/19/18 - With sadness we announce the passing of Bob Curtis, W6QCV, of Arcadia, CA on 8/17/18 at the age of 93. Many of you will remember Bob as a long-time member of our San Joaquin Valley Net. This information was passed to us from Earl Curtis, KI6BEC. If we receive additional information we will pass it along to you.

5/1/18 - Roger, WD6CNV shares a personal insight into how he became interested in Ham Radio. This brings back memories of similar adventures building first radios! To read his account, click the "Member News" tab and scroll on down.

4/21/18 -​   Bill, WB6FEH; Roger WD6CNV; Phil N6OMM and Myron, WA6BLB all connected at the Annual DX Convention held in Visalia on April 21, 2018. See their mugs on "Activities" Tab. 

Thank you Sarah Corum, WD6FUF, for sending along some additional pictures from the 2017 picnic. These can be found under the "Activities" tab mixed in with pictures sent by Rich, AD6X. She also emailed some treasurers from a 1998 San Joaquin HF Net campout and one of her as Net Control from January 2001. These pictures re under the "Members" tab and a part of "A trip Down Memory Lane".

Thanks to Bill, WB6FEH, for providing some great pictures and text from the past. Click on the "Members" tab and scroll down to "A Trip Down Memory Lane" to view pictures from the collection of WB6OTB (SK). 

​3/21/18 - Our own, K6RMW, Bob Wisler from Watsonville, has a letter published in the April 2018 QST Edition. His letter is about checking into the 3918 kHz net from Yosemite. You can read the article by clicking on the new "MEMBER NEWS" tab above.

3/17/18 - Bob, K6RMW, passed along an update on Marty, W6ZD, You can read the update on Marty by clicking on the new "MEMBER NEWS" tab above.

Thank you to Rich, AD6X, for providing the pictures of past picnics and camp outs. The 2017 picnic pictures are now posted under the "Activities" page.


Back Row: Jack WY6B, Glenita KB6PKN, Rich AD6X, Ken W6WMD, Jim AA6F, Jim WA6KKD, Myron WA6BLB, Sarah WD6FUF,

Robert K6LYI, Larry AD6W, Bill WB6FEH 

​Front Row: Shirley  KD6DJD, Cathy KJ6EM, Bob K6RMW, Bob K6GDI, Mike WB6VGL, Roger WD6CNV 

​Not Pictured But Attending: Chuck W6DPD

                    Joe Mitzutani, WB6KCE SK - February 7, 2019

Long-time net member Joe Mitzutani, WB6KCE passed away in his sleep in his home on Thursday, February 7, 2019.   Joe was 97-1/2 years of age and had been receiving 24 hour home health care. Joe's wife passed away many years ago. Joe is survived by one son and one daughter. 

Larry Esau, AD6W and Mel Manley, KI6SK visited with Joe during the past week and reported that he was rapidly weakening. 

Joe was an active Ham for more than 60 years. In addition to his many years with the San Joaquin HF Net, Joe was a much-loved member of the Strand Memorial Amateur Radio Club (SMARC W6HKV). Joe had a very visible antenna in his neighborhood and was a well-celebrated Ham in the Kingsburg community. Besides his presence on 75 meters, he was active on six and ten meters talking to his friends throughout the United States and around the world. 

Joe lived his entire life in Kingsburg except for five years during WWII when he was relocated to a Japanese Internment Camp in Green River, Utah. During that time he attempted to enlist in the U.S. Army but failed the physical exam. Larry, AD6W, a life-long friend,  shared that in spite of Joe's internment experience, he remembers him as a very positive person who had an enthusiastic attitude and demonstrated strong patriotism as an American Citizen. 

The Mitzutani family operated Mitzutani's Food Market in Kingsburg from the 1920s into the 1990s. Joe took over from his parents in the 1950s and operated that business until he retired and closed the store. Through the market,  Joe and his family were well-known throughout the entire Kingsburg community.

 Thank you to his long-time friend and neighbor Larry, AD6W for sharing this information for publication. As other information becomes available, Larry will share that with us.



Blanket Check-In Blues??

Edith L. "Salley" Nikkel, WB6FOA

From year to year, we often forget what the propagation was like the year before. We lament about the bad band conditions causing us to have day after day of blanket check-ins. Our Net Manager, Jim AA6F, sent over some of the log sheets from last Fall and Winter and this past November that he uses to keep track of check-ins. I created a little graphic that shows those days that Net Control called a blanket check-in. On the calendars from below, the days highlighted in yellow were blanket check-ins. If history holds, we will be having many more blanket check-ins coming up! 

San Joaquin Net meets Monday-Saturday on 3918 khz, at 6 PM Pacific Time

                                                                            San Joaquin Net History

                                                        The San Joaquin net was formed April 28, 1959, by                                                               K6EJT Bill with a group of amateur radio operators                                                             that included:
                                                        Al K6RPL, Roger K6HEZ, Alex W6BWM, Fred WA6AFW,                                                         Joe W6YQK, Jim K6ZFM, Floyd W6MJS, Verne K6EBO,                                                             John W6QRB, Sam K6OBG, Charlie K6SWW and Mike                                                           WA6OLG.
They met on 3.915 Kc every night but Sundays and holidays.
Members gave a weather report from their area.
The net increased in members, and changed the name to The San
Joaquin Net.  The net has grown to a membership of over seventy
members with Q T H's throughout California.

                                                                                  The history of the San Joaquin Net was
                                            Compiled by Edith L. "Salley"  Nikkel  WB6FOA  of Pleasant Hill and copied
                                                                          by Harry L.  "Bud" Odgers WA6OVE of El Portal
                                                                                                         April, 1991

The annual San Joaquin Net Picnic was held at Roeding Park in Fresno on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This year the picnic was asgain located at the Pine Gove Shelter at the northeast corner of the park. Approximately 20 hams were in attendance this year.

Thanks to Sarah WD6FUF, Bill WB6FEH, AD6X Rich (our "official photographer") and Myron WA6BLB for supplying these pictures.

​Celebrating 59 years of service!

 Annual SJN Picnic


Net Manager:                        Jim Wintemute AA6F

Net Secretary:                      Ken Martzen W6WMD

Assistant Net Secretary:   Jeff Lillard  AD6RH

                Roger Corum, WD6CNV SK  -  February 3, 2019

                                                                               Roger Corum, WD6CNV of Clovis passed away on Sunday, February 3, in his home                                                                        in Clovis, California with his wife Sarah WD6FUF by his side. Roger was a member of                                                                      the San Joaquin Net since the 1980’s, first checking in from Visalia and then starting                                                                      up again in October of 2017 from Clovis. Roger and Sarah were regular attendees                                                                          at SJN camp outs and picnics for many years. Roger last attended the annual San                                                                          Joaquin Net picnics in May of 2017 and 2018 as well as the DX Convention in Visalia                                                                      that was held during April 2018. 

                                                                   Roger was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (MG) many years back. MG is a chronic                                                                    autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles    that was responsible for his falling several times in the last couple of years. In September of this past year he also suffered a heart attack and had three stents inserted. In spite of all that, Roger continued to check in on a regular basis until November 9th when he took yet another fall. A month later, Roger made the decision to come home and received great care from Sarah and hospice services.

Roger wrote a personal account of how he first became interested in Ham Radio that was posted to this website. To read that account, CLICK HERE .

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, February 15th at the Gateway Church in Visalia located at 1100 S. Sowell St. 
beginning at 2 PM.


 Harry L. "Bud" Odgers, WA6OVE

Roger, WD6CNV with Sarah and son Larry and Family